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Department of Homeland Security Awards Octo Consulting Group $300M Ceiling Services Enabling Agile Delivery (SEAD) BPA Contract


Octo will deliver Agile and DevOps practices through embedded experts
to expedite the agency's transition to Agile development

Consulting Group
(Octo), a premier next-generation IT Federal
services provider, today announced the company was one of nine awardees
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Services Enabling Agile
Delivery (SEAD) BPA contract, a contract with a $300 million ceiling
over five years. Octo will provide Agile coaching, which includes
process, technical and enterprise coaching, to advance DHS' shift to
Agile development.

"The Octo team has extensive experience implementing the Agile
methodology at Federal agencies, which is why we are so excited to bring
our unique approach to DHS as they lead the way for Agile within the
Federal Government," stated Mehul Sanghani, CEO and Founder. "Octo's
ability to embed our experts within DHS' Agile teams will increase the
pace of adoption across the agency and reinforce the critical role Agile
will play in the continued modernization of DHS."

Agile development imparts quality, transparency, and lower risk than
traditional methodologies and does so cost-effectively by promoting
speed and flexibility through adaptive planning. Octo has provided Agile
coaches to several other agencies across the Federal Government.
Implementing Agile at Federal agencies has produced positive results. At
the same time, these technical implementations require specific steps to
address the accompanying cultural shift needed to ensure success.

At DHS, leaders recognized there were groups within the agency that had
adopted Agile, while others had not. The disparity in Agile adoption led
to "silos of excellence" for Agile groups where the pace of development
raced past those not embracing Agile. "As part of the SEAD contract,
Octo's experts will work alongside DHS employees and its contractors to
implement best practices that have already proven successful in the
private sector and elsewhere within the Federal Government," said Tom
Lee, Senior Vice President at Octo.

"Agile development is the most effective way to implement
technologically challenging projects. This vehicle is a way for DHS to
jump the technology curve, spark further innovation, and increase Agile
adoption," said Sujey Edward, Chief Technology Officer at Octo. "For
successful Agile implementations, it is vital that projects also focus
on the cultural shift required, which is why we believe so strongly in
our ‘player-coach' model for training DHS employees. Our hands-on
approach will help DHS improve its Agile skills across the agency and
develop leaner technical practices."

About Octo Consulting Group

Octo is an industry-leading, award-winning provider of digital services
for the Federal Government. As a next-generation provider of technology
and modernization services, Octo specializes in providing Agile software
development, user experience design, and cloud engineering services with
scalable outcomes. Octo is known for challenging the status quo and
continually exploring new ways to deliver value by improving,
transforming and optimizing government IT systems. We believe results
are a product of analytical and collaborative thinking, and by
partnering with our customers, we develop original and strategic
solutions to minimize business disruptions while maximizing resources to
advance agency missions.

Octo is only one of three government consulting companies in the United
States to maintain both a CMMI® Level 4 for Software
Development (CMMI-DEV) appraisal and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
Gold Partnership. Additionally, Octo maintains ISO 9001, ISO 20000, and
ISO 27001 certifications. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo has
offices in Alexandria, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland. Learn more at

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